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OnePlus releases Android Q Developer Preview 3 for the 7 and 6 series

Some OnePlus users can now try out Android Q DP3. (Source: Android Developers)
Some OnePlus users can now try out Android Q DP3. (Source: Android Developers)
OnePlus has just posted download links for its latest Developer Preview (DP3) for the next upcoming major Android update. It contains the latest features of both this OS and OxygenOS, the OEM's custom skin for the same. This build of DP3 is compatible with the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7, 6T and 6.

OnePlus has made its versions of the Developer Preview 3 for the next major Android update, Q, available. As the OEM announced previously, it has builds that are compatible with its 7- and 6-series devices only. Therefore, users with these phones (the 7 Pro, 7, 6T and 6) can gain more of an insight as to how the eventual official form of OxygenOS (OOS) based on Q will look and feel.

Developer Preview 3 for these phones confers improved screen-recording functions on the phones in question. Users can now adjust the resolution, bit-rate and frame-rate of the resulting recordings. This feature was part of the 7 series' OS in the part, but is now also available to 6Ts and 6s that run the third Developer Preview.

This Preview also adds a new Smart Display option in the Ambient Display settings menu. It allows OOS to (apparently independently, probably using AI functions) add important or interesting pieces of information (e.g. weather conditions) to a device's ambient display, which activates when a given phone is picked up. The build also now has a dedicated Game Space in the UI. Relevant features such as OnePlus' Fnatic Mode are now also found here.

Developer Preview 3 also introduces a feature long anticipated since it was mentioned at the 7 Pro's launch: Horizon Light. It is a kind of notification-light replacement, in which display edges light up (possibly in per-app colors) to indicate new events or messages. However, this feature has been reported to work on OnePlus' 2019 flagships only, despite the fact its options in Settings will also appear on the 6T.

Finally, the expanded system customization options found in Developer Options in previous DP builds have been moved into their own settings menu. This preliminary Q-based OS has been reported as stable enough on the 7 or 7 Pro; however, the same has not been said of the 6 line. Ultimately, however, the individual user should be aware that they install this incredibly beta ROM at a risk to their device and their user data.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07-20 (Update: 2019-07-20)